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Backyard Beekeeping (Video Library)

Here is a resource for those who wish to learn more about bees and beekeeping. Both natural and conventional methods of beekeeping have been included so viewers have the widest selection of information from which to choose. I will try to provided a complete summary when I have time. For now, I hope you gain as much enjoyment wandering through this library as I did while creating it.

Happy watching~

This post is a video compilation of both conventional and natural beekeeping methods. It begins with the documentary, Silence of the Bees, which covers the issues concerning “Colony Collapse Disorder”, followed by other shorter reports on the subject. We then proceed to videos on beekeeping in general. Of these videos, Dr. Keith Delaplane’s Honey Bees and Beekeeping is the most comprehensive video series covering conventional methods followed by John Lewis’ Assembling the Langstroth Bee Hive. Ken Lansing has a couple videos covering different aspects of beekeeping and preparations for making comb honey. There is an interesting part in one video where he works with a hive that is about ready to swarm. Dave’s Beekeeping for beginners is another nice short introduction. Tom Emde’s Beekeeping Basics and Jorge Gomez’ Principles of Beekeeping are both collections of short clips on various aspects of the subject.

Kirk Anderson’s Backwards Beekeepers TV videos provide an interesting and humorous introduction to the subject of natural beekeeping methods. Be sure to look at the recommended links section to find more detailed information. Mike Bush’s link is particularly informative. Throughout this post you will see beekeepers use either the traditional Langstroth bee hive (w/ wax foundation), the Top Bar bee hive where bees are allowed to draw out their own comb and decide on what natural cell size they want, or a combination of the two. Both Phil Chandler, Talon Vanhowten, and McCartney Taylor's videos cover Top Bar Hives. The section Articles and Links about Top Bar Hives provides more detailed information on the subject.

Be sure to check out the other Daily Paul member posts on the honey bee. I have included links at the end. If there is any specific information anyone would like to find, just leave a comment and I'll try to find a link for you within a few days. I'm fairly new to the subject myself, so if I can't find it, there are probably some more knowledgeable individuals here who could tell you where to look. Otherwise you can check out Organic Beekeepers on Yahoo or Beesource Beekeeping Community for the latest buzz.

Silence of the Bees
“Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee. The filmmakers of Bees take viewers around the world to the sites of fallen hives, to high-tech labs, where scientists race to uncover clues, and even deep inside honeybee colonies. Silence of the Bees is the story of a riveting, ongoing investigation to save honeybees from dying out. The film goes beyond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our diets and takes a look at what’s at stake if honeybees disappear.” (Youtube account for this quote is closed.)

Full Movie
Clip - "An architectural marvel"

Burt's Bees Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Honey Bees Dying

The Mystery of the Disappearing Honeybees - Ed Levine interviews employees of Stone Barns, a working farm/restaurant, about CCD and the importance of the honey bee.

Honey Bee Documentary - “MA dissertation special report about the threats facing honeybees in the UK.”

Honey Bee - Mike Hood - Peter Kent for Science in Society interviews Mike Hood about the importance of the honey bee, CCD, and the South Carolina master beekeeper program. Through this program, people can learn to be hobby beekeepers in about eight weeks.

Backwards Beekeepers TV (beehuman.blogspot.com)
Backwards is the new forwards. ~ Kirk Anderson

The Honey Harvest
Urban Beekeeping
Hive War
Treasure In A Swarm Trap
Swarm capture and hive rescue
Smoker and Hive Basics
Bee Housekeeping
How To Make Starter Strips
The ShopVac Bees (How to do a Cut-Out)

Additional Clips
News: Backwards Beekeeping
Urban Beekeeper - Katie Evarts of Annenberg News
An Interview with Kirk Anderson
Kirk opens up a swarm trap and finds perfectly round comb
Kirk does a cut out of a hive that was inside a tall planter
Transferring bees to a new hive
Backwards Beekeepers TV: Coming Next

Recommended links
About Kirk Anderson
Organic Beekeepers on Yahoo
Bush Bees - Beekeeping Naturally - Michael Bush
Bush Bees - Lazy Beekeeping
Ed & Dee Lusby - “Natural small-cell beekeeping”
Charles Martin Simon - “Beekeeping Backwards”

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary - Dr. Keith Delaplane, Assistant Professor of Entomology (extension entomologist and honeybee specialist, University of Georgia

“A Year in the Life of an Apiary. Honey Bees & Beekeeping is an eight episode video series and companion book designed to teach novices the basics of beekeeping and to give more experienced beekeepers expanded knowledge. Eight 30-minute episodes on two VHS tapes trace the development of ten honey bee colonies from start-up through a complete year of management. Nationally known entomologist Keith S. Delaplane, Ph.D., is the author of the book and host of the series.” (Source)

1.1: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
1.2: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
1.3: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
2.1: Bee Biology and Equipment
2.2: Recieving and Installing Package Bees
2.3: Releasing Queens
2.4: Releasing queens and stings
3.1: Things are buzzin
3.2: The brood nest
3.3: Our growing hives
3.4: Migrating our hives
4.1: Requeening
4.2: Queen Rearing
4.3: Package production beekeeping associations
5.1: Diseases and pests
5.2: Chalkbrood, sacbrood, moths, tracheal mites
5.3: Varroa mites and queenlessness
6.1: Its Harvest Time
6.2: Extracting honey
6.3: Packaging and selling honey
6.4: Commercial honey processing
7.1: Overwintering hives

Diseases and Pests - Jamie Ellis, University of Florida
Small Hive Beetles in Honey Bee Colonies
Tracheal Mite Symptoms
Tracheal mite dissection
Varroa Mite History, Distribution, and Biology

Assembling the Langstroth Bee Hive - Presented by John Lewis of The Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Ken Lansing
Windermere Farms and Apiaries - Organic farm

Bee Keeping 101: The Sweetness of God's Creation - Preparations for Making Comb Honey - 28 minutes - Click on the Windermere Farms link above to watch an additional video on how to prepare the hive for winter.

Beekeeping for beginners - Dave, who has been beekeeping for a couple of years, has put together a nice introductory video series on the subject.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7 - Swarm
Part 8 - Honey Harvest
Part 9 - Honey Harvest
Part 10 - bees, honey homesteading
Part 11 - apiary, honey, homesteading, self reliance, bees
Part 12 - Starting new hives, installing a package of bees

Beekeeping Basics
“Tom Emde is the owner and operator of Sweet Briar Honey Farms in Apopka, FL, where he cultivates locally-produced orange blossom honey. He has over 42 years of commercial beekeeping experience.”
Part 1 - How to Put on a Beekeeping Suit
Part 2 - Parts of a Beehive Box
Part 3 - Construction of Commercial Grade Honeycombs
Part 4 - How to Use a Smoker
Part 5 - Tips for Using a Smoker
Part 6 - How to Avoid Bee Stings
Part 7 - Bee Sting Treatment
Part 8 - Inspecting a Beehive
Part 9 - Parts of an Active Beehive
Part 10 - Finding the Queen Bee
Part 11 - Building an Active Beehive
Part 12 - Starting a Beehive
Part 13 - How Honey is Made
Part 14 - Healthy Beehives

Principles of Beekeeping - Free beekeeping tutorial video series
“Jorge Gomez has been a professional beekeeper for over 15 years. He currently cares for many bee hives in the Austin area.”
Part 1 - How to smoke bees
Part 2 - Where to Place a Bee Hive
Part 3 - How to Use a Bee Smoker
Part 4 - Beekeeping Equipment
Part 5 - The Best Bee Sting Remedy
Part 6 - Feeding Kept Bees
Part 7 - Beekeeping safety
Part 8 - Moving bee hives
Part 9 - Bee hive removal
Part 10 - How to Use a Queen Bee Excluder
Part 11 - How to Wear a Bee Veil
Part 12 - Bee hive construction
Part 13 - Beekeeping & Starting a Brood
Part 14 - Harvesting Honey From a Bee Hive
Part 15 - Honey Bee Queens

Philip Chandler & Top Bar Hives - (biobees.com)
“The Barefoot Beekeeper is a revolutionary book about chemical free, sustainable beekeeping, showing how it can be simple and accessible to all, including individuals with physical limitations. Unlike many methods, with this approach there is no heavy lifting involved.

Phil Chandler strips away all unnecessary complication and confusion, demonstrating that ‘modern’ beekeeping methods are largely to blame for the poor state of health in honeybee populations and that the commercialization of beekeeping marked the noticeable increase in disease and parasite problems honeybees have been trying to overcome ever since.” The Barefoot Beekeeper

Is the BBKA too close to Bayer? - “British beekeeper Philip Chandler discusses the cozy relationship between the British Beekeepers' Association and pesticide manufacturer Bayer.”
Top Bar Hive: Explaining the Depth
Top Bar Hive: Explaining the Build Up Period
Top Bar Hive: Explaining The Length
Moving bees from frames to a top bar hive
How to convert from frames to a top bar hive - part 1
How to convert from frames to a top bar hive - part 2
How to Catch a Swarm of Bees
Bottomless Beekeeping!
How to do a quick check on a top bar hive
Two queens in one hive!
Top Bar Hive: Chop and Crop
Helping bees defend their colony against wasps

How To Build a Kenyan Top Bar Hive (KTBH) - Dave’s Bees Videos
Part 1 - Top Bars
Part 2 - Follower Boards
Part 3 - Legs and Hive Ends
Part 4 - Drill Legs and Attach Ends
Part 5 - Finish Hive and Attach Legs
Part 6 - Lid

Articles and Links about Top Bar Hives
Top Bar Hive Beekeeping: An Alternative to Conventional Beekeeping - James D. Satterfield
Toward an Appropriate Beehive - by Marty Hardison
Top Bar Hives: A perfect hive for natural beekeepers - Dennis Murrell
Jimmy Mahuron Builds a Kenya Top Bar Hive

Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives - with Talon Vanhowten, Robert Sturm, & Les Crowder
Bee Top bar Superorganism
Starting a New Bee Colony
bee harvest
queen bee
Rescue Beekeeping

Learning Beekeeping - McCartney Taylor
Swarms = Free Bees: Preparing for Swarm Season - Article

Cutting out Swarms from Bait Hives
Beekeeping 101 - Swarm Traps and Bait Hives
How to build a Bait Hive / Swarm Trap and get Free Bees
Extracting a Hive from a Swarm Trap - “Moving a hive from a swarm trap to a Langstroth Hive”

Bee Swarm Capture and Honey Raid
Bee Removal Tutorial - How to do a Cutout 101

How to Cut Comb Honey
Honey harvest Tutorial - Crush and Strain - Part 1, Part 2

Building your Top Bar Hive
Building Top Bars - Part 1, Part 2

Learning Top Bar Hive Beekeeping - Fixing Comb - Part 1, Part 2
Learning Top Bar Hive Beekeeping - Pests - Part 1, Part 2

Bee Lining - An introduction
Solar Wax Melters
Advanced Beekeeping - How to build a Tube Bee Vacuum

Recommended link
Methods of Trapping Feral Swarms

Top Bar Hive in Utah - Guy from city suburb in Utah presents good quality video footage of natural comb on his top bar hive.
How to install bees in a top bar hive
3 hrs later removing package from hive
Top Bar Beehive Inspection
Top bar hive full of bees
two top bar hives
Making straight comb and manipulating your top bar hive
Processing honey

Other Beekeeping Examples
Beekeeping the Natural Way (OJ Blount) Part 1, Part 2
OJ Blount's Modified & Customized Beehive Assembly

The Best Way to Set Up a Bee Hive - Katie and Doug Vincent of beekind.com - Sebastopol. CA

Beekeeping with Bobby Cagle - “Bobby Cagle from Chattanooga, Tennessee talks about his beekeeping hobby with Don Welch.”

Honey Pacifica: The Beekeeper's Life, The Raw Unheated Honey Process

Queen Bee arrives in Albuquerque - “A most exciting and instructive bee package installation into a kenyan top bar hive.”

NYC Beekeeper - “David Graves tends to half a million bees on the rooftops of New York City.”

Urban Beekeeping on a Washington, DC hotel - Wyatt Andrews of CBS News reports

FOOD CURATED: Brooklyn's Urban Beekeepers

Urban Beekeeping - London

Urban beekeepers hope to halt British decline - A short report on the decline of bee populations as well as the rise of amateur urban beekeepers such as Jonathan Harris.

Urban solution to honey bee decline - “Barbara Serra reports from London.”

The (Bee) Hives of London - Amy Guttman of CBS News reports on growing interest in beekeeping in London.

Beekeeping In London - “German TV feature on urban beekeeping in London UK. Focussing on a small honey producer.”

50,000 Bees reside on roof of Fairmont Royal York Hotel - Lucy Izon reports on urban beekeeping in decade old rooftop herb garden.

The Buzz on Urban Beekeeping - Garfield Park beekeeping instructor, Julio Tuma, talks about keeping bees in the city.

Bees and Beekeeping for Honey in Your Backyard - Beekeeper Rick Kennedy of Fernie Mountain Honey

Father shows his new beekeeping hobby to his son

San Franciso's Urban Beekeeping Movement Takes Off - “NBC Bay Area News story on how everyday San Franciscans are suiting up in bee suits and installing bee hives on the roofs, backyards and in parks. It's all part of a growing urban beekeeping movement.”

Backyard bees June 20 2010 - “Urban beekeeping in downtown Toronto, Canada! This movie was shot about two weeks after the bees arrived. The hive started as a colony of about 10,000 with their queen, in one "brood box". Our beekeeper quickly added another box to make room for more brood and some honey.”
Backyard bees July 11 2010 - “These bees have now been in this yard for five weeks. The hive has already doubled in size! After recently adding one then another "upper" boxes, our beekeeper is checking to see their progress, to make sure they have enough room to keep storing honey, and to make more bees.”

Honey Bees - Life Cycle - "The life cycle of a honey bee is presented as an example of complete metamorphosis, the development of an insect from egg to larva, then pupa, then adult."

Honey Bee - The Golden Insect (Apis - Mellifera) - “The Golden Insect is a short Documentary about this marvelous insect scientifically named (Apis - Mellifera) Apis is Latin for Bee - Mellifera is Greek for to bring Honey, or as is commonly known today as Honey Bee.
It was shot in 1986 with the help of students from KvB College in Sydney Australia.”

Products of the Bee
Articles by Dr. Mercola
Honey as Medicine is Making a Comeback
The Healing Properties of Raw Honey
The Use of Bee Pollen as a Superfood
This Bee Product Has Enormous Benefits for Your Health - Bee propolis
The Wonderful Benefits of Bee Venom on RA - Apitherapy
Bee Venom Therapy Anti-Arthritic Anti-Carcinogenic

CC Pollen Company - High Desert Beehive Products
The Story of Bee Pollen
The Royal Jelly Story
The Bee Propolis Story

John Plute
Harvesting Bee Pollen Traps
Harvesting Propolis Traps

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Didn't see that in the OP's list, but this forum is frequented by many experts and beginners. You can join and ask questions, read lots of expert posts. Still, the info is overwhelming, with many, many opinions about how to do things.

I've been looking for a good source for a 'beginner kit', but still have not found a good one that seems reasonably priced. It will take several hundred dollars to get set up, and the options seem limitless.

Has anybody here bought beehives and the necessary equipment?

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

There are a couple...

of links to beesource on the post, but I didn't link directly to the forum. There is a lot of info there. I tried looking for info on swarming a couple of days ago. Michael Bush posts on that forum as well.

Maybe you could try talking to an organic beekeeper in GA about a good source for hives. I found a link for Bartow Beekeepers in GA. Coincidentally, they happen to be having an event Sept. 14th (today) with guest speaker Donald Kuchenmeister on the subject of "Small cell beekeeping and Organic beekeeping."

You can check out some of his videos on his YouTube Channel. He seems to be thrifty when it comes to finding cheap and effective solutions for hives. Check out some of his classes on his website; he may be able to come up with a cost effective way to build a hive.

Ex. 1 - Hive beetle trap - Crisco, boric acid, political sign cutout.
Ex. 2 - Using fishing line instead of wire to support his hive frames. Not using metal eyelets.

I'll keep my eye out for other GA beekeepers.

Sidenote: Bartow Beekeepers website also links to Michael Bush and Bee Source.

"Organic" beekeeping...

seems to be a near-impossible goal. If I read correctly, to be organic, you cannot be within miles of anything that could contain chemicals. So for me, the cotton fields in the farm next door use chemicals, therefore I can't claim to have organic honey.

Also, it seems that you need to medicate your bees with come chemicals to help them fight parasites, and wouldn't that make your bees not organic?

Not a big deal to me, just another one of the many, many facets learning about beekeeping.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

You make a very good point.

Setting aside the legal requirements for "organic" certification, in the absolute sense, few things are really "organic," whether bees or agriculture in general. Weather patterns constantly shift pollen and chemical pesticides from field to field. Bees can travel in a 2.5 - 3 mile radius from the hive and even infect other hives. That's why farming areas often regulate the distance that one hive can be from another(~5 miles).

I think it's all matter of degree. While nothing can be 100% organic, one can often use an integrative approach by using both organic and chemical methods. After all, what good is a "organic" or "natural" bee if it's dead. lol. The whole goal is to have a healthier bee. In the same way, to maintain a healthy state, humans require a nutritious diet of a wide variety of foods free of toxins, but in certain situations antibiotics are necessary to fight infection where alternatives are either unavailable or unknown.

In the end, I guess it boils down to how one can keep their bees alive and healthy both for the short and long term. The answers will probably vary from place to place as the environmental stresses are never exactly the same. All we can do is to look into both sides of the issue and try to find successful examples we can learn from. As you have said, it may be best to start with the standard approach presented by Dr. Delaplane and move forward from there.

I'm not sure how many hives you will need, but I read somewhere that beekeepers typically set out one hive per acre of orchard or crop. Top Bar hives may be cheaper to start with. Personal preference I guess...

In the TBH link, Michael Bush summarized the issue by saying that "the TBH requires more frequent intervention and less actual labor. Less actual labor because you won't be having to move boxes out of the way to get to the brood nest. More frequent interventions to prevent swarming and to make room for the harvest."

Bee Source forum discussions
First Equipment and Supplies
Which beekeeping starter kit is the best?
Advantages of Top Bar Hives? - pros & cons
Build It Yourself - Standard hive plans (for the handy)

Overwhelming info...

I've just bought a small farm and bees are a high priority. Can you provide the top several 'must see' links to start out with?

thanks for the post, very timely!

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

I'm still trying to...

wrap my arms around the subject so, as of yet, I don't know all of the key players in the organic beekeeping field. That being said, Michael Bush, and Ed and Dee Lusby seem to be viewed as experts in this area.

Here are a couple of pages that will give you an overview of the current state of bee health from an organic beekeepers point of view. Keep in mind that some methods used are tailored to a particular climate.

Bush Bees - Beekeeping Naturally - Michael Bush
Ed & Dee Lusby - “Natural small-cell beekeeping”

The 'must see' videos kind of depends on one's personality. I like to start out with Kirk Anderson's videos because he's such a engaging character which helps set the mood for the whole post while touching on a few natural beekeeping methods at the same time. lol

The Honey Harvest - Kirk Anderson

Beekeeping for beginners - Part 1
Dave, who has been beekeeping for a couple of years, has put together a nice introductory video series on the subject.

the GA guy videos

seem to be the best introduction. Coincidentally, my place is in GA. Will start ordering my hive materials this week.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

You beat me to it. :-)

I think we are both talking about the "Dave" guy.


... or are you referring to Dr. Keith Delaplane? His series is definitely the most comprehensive. The Dave guy is from the south although he says "Idaho." He mentions it later.

I meant Dr. Delaplane, GA

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary - Dr. Keith Delaplane,

He starts out with history, which can be skipped, but gives excellent detail on getting started, from assembling the hive, ordering, feeding and medicating the new bees...etc. I've skimmed the first several segments and feel like that's all the info one could need, though I certainly will watch the others too.

Looking forward to beekeeping, hope we can keep this thread alive...

'Cause there's a monster on the loose


That's definitely the most complete series & John Lewis’ Assembling the Langstroth Bee Hive complements it well. Some people like to watch a few shorter introductory clips before jumping into the details. There is a summary at the beginning which gives an overview of the main videos in this post.

The post will never die ... although it may go into hibernation from time to time. That's what is nice about the Daily Paul track feature. Anyone who has ever commented on a post will see if it has had any new comments as long as they know to use the feature.

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Thank you, this is a very important subject. I've

bookmarked this for all the great references!


I just had a wild hive

start in one of my out buildings,They are very gentle,When would be the best time of the year to move her to a box? I do need my building back someday.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Since the swarm just arrived...

it hasn't had a chance to get established yet. My guess would be that it would be easier to transfer it to a nuc box now without stressing the bees too much. Also, when they have no comb or brood to protect, they are also easier to work with (or so I've heard from the videos I've watched). The flip side is that since they swarmed late in the year, it might be difficult to get them through winter w/o adequate stores. The best time to start a hive colony seems to be April (depending on locale). I'm collecting a few videos on capturing swarms and setting up swarm traps which I will post in a new section in a few days. Here are a couple clips to give you an idea of what it's like to remove them from inside a structure once they get established.

Removing beehive swarm from building - Part 1, Part 2 (John Pluta)

Another thing to mention is that it's probably best to remove them when the weather is warm as they tend to get irritated when it's cold or rainy out.

Stillwater,Thank you

I will check it out and make a plan,Thanks!

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your welcome...

I just added a new section for McCartney Taylor's videos.
He has been beekeeping as a hobbyist for a few years but he has a lot of great videos on catching swarms and using swarm traps.

Here is an article he wrote about it with a few of his precautions when catching swarms. I wouldn't try to do this without a bee veil like John Pluta does.

Here is an excerpt:
"Beesuit – Don’t believe that swarms are passive and gentle and you can remove them without a veil and suit. The first swarm you run into that was caught in a few days of bad weather will teach you the meaning of pain when they open up a **** on your unprotected arms, face, and torso. Treat them like a drunk with a gun, gentle and usually harmless."

Swarms = Free Bees: Preparing for Swarm Season - Article
Methods of Trapping Feral Swarms - Recommended link in article

I also learned that there is a way to add swarms, which are caught late in the year, to weaker hives. Just remember, when it comes to queens, "There can be only one." (highlander humor)

I've also added an Additional clips section for Kirk Anderson w/ a couple short clips on catching swarms.

I've just included...

a summary of the main videos to help guide viewers through the post. I hope all the links aren't too overwhelming.

Thanks for doing this

It's really cool. I'm seriously considering doing it.

Sure thing~

Besides raising bees for honey and pollination, you have the option of producing bee pollen, propolis, wax, and queen rearing (more advanced) for possible income sources. Some make extra income through offering swarm removal services, although I think there are licensing & liability issues(because one often has to cut into the building structure) in some areas.

From what I've heard from the videos, you can't compete with the big producers in terms of volume, so you try to capitalize on that fact that you produce a local, high quality product.

Towards the end of the post there is a section titled "Products of the bee" which includes a few articles by Dr. Mercola on the health benefits of bee products.

Anyway, it's an activity that affords scope.

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This is most excellent! Thanks

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I've been waiting on this

since you mentioned it a while back. Thank you for sharing!


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Not sure where my bonnet is, but there s definitely a bee in it. Bats and worms, too... lol! Tilapia first... Our first tank is full of cocopeat, getting wet. Atila the Hungry tilapia and friends are moving into a bigger dive soon!
This is just awesome - thanks for putting all this in one spot for me for when I am ready for adding bees to the chicken ranch!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Will the bats...

leave the bees be or will the bees be eaten by the bats?

I did a quick youtube check on bats. It's pretty cool how the farmers have swarms of bats taking care of the pests for them.

Oh, great googlemind, prithee answer my query....

It seems bats would if they got a chance. Bats are nocturnal, bees are not. Go ahead, have your "Doh!" moment, I just had mine.
That was a good question, though! I had not even thought of it.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Awesome thanks!

Wow, that is a awesome collection of resources. Thanks for compiling them. I have been bee keeping now into 3 years with almost 20 hives but more information is very helpful.

I think it would be

ideal to have a permaculture minifarm with a food forest and herb garden. Perhaps something similiar to Robert Hart's property. You have your bees for raw honey and bee pollen; a place to grow medicinal mushrooms (I plan on checking into Paul Stamet's system sometime in the future); and perhaps a goat or one of those smaller cows for raw milk and kefir. Growing your own "superfoods" is the way to go. Of course, we shouldn't leave out aquaculture.

What a great resource!

thank you for putting this info all in one place - this is great!!!

Many Thanks!

Great Post, have bookemark'd. We have a few hives, first time to have one swarm. your info will come in handy.